We surveyed 3,793 special education teachers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical special education teacher. Here are the results.
How much intelligence is required as a special education teacher?
Working as a special education teacher typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.
Can I learn to become a special education teacher?
A career as a special education teacher typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.
Is it easy to get a job as a special education teacher?
It’s typically difficult to find a job as a special education teacher. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for special education teachers.
Do special education teachers work full-time or part-time?
85% of special education teachers work in full-time roles while 15% work part-time.
Is being a special education teacher stressful?
Stress is very commonplace for special education teachers, contributing negatively towards career satisfaction.
Is being organized important as a special education teacher?
Some level of organization is generally required to be a special education teacher.
How competitive is the workplace for special education teachers?
Competition at work is not common for special education teachers.
Does being a special education teacher require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?
Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for special education teachers.
Are special education teachers allowed to express themselves creatively?
Special education teachers are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.
Do special education teachers have control over the direction of their work?
Special education teachers tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.
Is being a special education teacher physically demanding?
Being a special education teacher requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.
Are special education teachers exposed to a wide variety of work?
The workload of a special education teacher changes frequently, with their day-to-day rarely being the same.
Does being a special education teacher require attention to detail?
As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for special education teachers.
Does being a good special education teacher require compassion and empathy?
Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as a special education teacher.